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        02-27-2014, 04:55 PM
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    Foal
    Help with my job/degree

    I would like some help of what to do with my job.
    I have to be careful what I say becuase the people that I work for are well known in my area.
    There are 3 employs of the company. One is leaving soon. Well since this person is leaving soon, I have got blamed for a lot, when I'm there pt.
    Pay checks get held for 2 weeks, a 18 year old run the show and her mom does care. The 18 year old treats everyone like a kid.
    I'm so sick of being treated like a kid-when I'm not, pay getting held for 2 weeks, etc.
    Not sure what to do?
    I also would like to get some kind of degree with horses, but I'm starting to think it is a waste of time. Thought on that?
    I love being around horses. At this time in my life they are therapy for me. Don't want to lose my love for horses over something stupid.
    Soon I'm going to let my employer have it, but I know horses job are also hard to come by in my area.
    Any thought or ideas would be great.
         
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        03-01-2014, 03:33 AM
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    Green Broke
    Start looking for another job. If you can't find a horse-related job in your area, can you move for one?

    I do not recommend getting an equine degree of any type. A business certificate or degree or something that you are remotely interested in doing will be more useful.

    Not sure why you would like horses less because of this experience. Though, things like what you are experiencing have caused many good workers to stop working in the horse industry and go to anything more stable and fair.
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        03-01-2014, 07:59 AM
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    Trained
    There's nothing you can do about them holding pay. It's not uncommon for a business to hold pay for 1-2 weeks. You can confront them on your treatment but it probably won't end well for your job.

    I also don't recommend an equine degree. Get a degree in something else and you can do horse related work on the side if you want or just keep them as a hobby.
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        03-01-2014, 09:29 AM
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    Foal
    I agree that a degree in something horse related is a waste. Sadly. I tried going the horsey job route and was hugely disappointed... There are so many people passionate about horses looking for work with them that you can easily be taken advantage of and are pretty much dispensable ... theres always someone else out there to take you're place. I managed a high class barn and at the end of the day I was so fed up I barely wanted anything to do with my own horses. It's when I decided I would find a job I loved that would enable me to pay for my horses but just keep them as a hobby. Good luck :)
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        03-02-2014, 02:43 PM
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    Weanling
    I am one of many who ended up with an absolutely worthless equine degree and ended up going back for a real accounting degree which allowed me to make enough money to have and enjoy my horses. I can warn you that wasting your time and $$$ on equine college is absolutely not the way to go.
    Even though I have been professionally training horses and giving lessons for over 30 years, I certainly don't ever want to depend on it for a living. I take on only the clients that I like and have a huge waiting list. Why don't I do it full time? No one, (myself included) realizes how much time you have to spend dealing with the people part of it. Training is hard work alone and having your clients trying to push you into abusive, hurry up tactics just so they can bring home a fake satin ribbon at the next show is extremely wearing. 16-18 hours days and nights and zero time for yourself. What was once fun becomes just another stressful job.
    Please try to find a different job-your current situation sounds miserable!If you have the money to go back to school, pick a field that is in demand, pays well and will allow time to spend with your horses. If you are determined to work in the horse field, massage therapy, chiropractic and equine dentistry are quite hot right not and don't require (at least in my state) a college degree.
    You are in a situation that sounds very familiar to me. Agricultural and equine workers are taken advantage of horribly and unfortunately a lot of it is perfectly legal. I'd suggest you step back, get a real job in a totally different field and re-think your future. You can get back to having your own horses but it may take the temporary sacrifice of getting an education for a career that will actually pay you a living wage!
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        03-25-2014, 04:13 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ericka9    
    I would like some help of what to do with my job.
    I have to be careful what I say becuase the people that I work for are well known in my area.
    There are 3 employs of the company. One is leaving soon. Well since this person is leaving soon, I have got blamed for a lot, when I'm there pt.
    Pay checks get held for 2 weeks, a 18 year old run the show and her mom does care. The 18 year old treats everyone like a kid.
    I'm so sick of being treated like a kid-when I'm not, pay getting held for 2 weeks, etc.
    Not sure what to do?
    I also would like to get some kind of degree with horses, but I'm starting to think it is a waste of time. Thought on that?
    I love being around horses. At this time in my life they are therapy for me. Don't want to lose my love for horses over something stupid.
    Soon I'm going to let my employer have it, but I know horses job are also hard to come by in my area.
    Any thought or ideas would be great.


    I'm third year Equine Science degree, funnily enough I wouldn't recommend a degree unless you have your heart set on becoming an Equine scientist! I recommend perhaps NVQ's and things like that at colleges, or work your way up the BHS stages and just keep your eyes out for jobs. You'll come across from nasty employers but they're some lovely ones out there :)!! Good luck!
         
        03-25-2014, 10:54 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Ericka9, sorry about all the negative feelings connected with your post, here's a positive one! I have been a "Barn Godess" for 20+ years. I've worked for 5 different farms in that time, and changed farms TWICE because of farm bankruptcies, ONCE because of a BO who was terrible at paying the help (when we were paid on time, the check invariably bounced), and once to further my career as a Godess. Although I do not consider myself well paid (do we EVER think we are paid enough?), it is enough to keep the bills paid. I love the work I do now, There's a lot of variety working for a private farm, rather than a boarding facility. I do not have a degree in any of the equine sciences, AM degreed in Elementary Education. My joy is volunteering with a local non-profit, mixing kids and horses to teach life-lessons. Don't give up the quest!
         
        03-25-2014, 11:06 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by backyardhorse    
    Ericka9, sorry about all the negative feelings connected with your post, here's a positive one! I have been a "Barn Godess" for 20+ years. I've worked for 5 different farms in that time, and changed farms TWICE because of farm bankruptcies, ONCE because of a BO who was terrible at paying the help (when we were paid on time, the check invariably bounced), and once to further my career as a Godess. Although I do not consider myself well paid (do we EVER think we are paid enough?), it is enough to keep the bills paid. I love the work I do now, There's a lot of variety working for a private farm, rather than a boarding facility. I do not have a degree in any of the equine sciences, AM degreed in Elementary Education. My joy is volunteering with a local non-profit, mixing kids and horses to teach life-lessons. Don't give up the quest!
    Backyardhorse, how have you made you career choice sustainable? Do you plan independently for your retirement? Is there any "extra" in your budget for maybe a vacation, horse of your own?
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        03-26-2014, 12:26 PM
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    Foal
    Slidestop, in order to not hijack this post, I've Pmed you
         
        03-26-2014, 12:57 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I too would highly recommend getting something more generalized. Equine jobs that are sustainable are hard to come by, and invariably it's long hours, dangerous work, (usually) low pay, and a high chance of getting taken advantage of by unscrupulous people with no legal recourse. Jobs are scarce, especially ones that pay decently.

    If you enjoy science and biology, equine science CAN be a good route to take, but you'd want to major in another science and possibly minor in equine science. Equine reproductive science will always be a great scientific field, but you'd have to travel to where the jobs are.

    I'd say get a generalized business degree. You can take it so many different places and apply it to so many other types of work (including if you ever start your own horse-related business down the road). It teaches you organization, financial, accounting, and many other skills that an equine degree will only briefly touch on. If you like math, accounting is not the most exciting job on earth, but it pays VERY well if you are decent at it, and people are always looking for accountants.

    Play to your strengths, but it might take you some trial and error to find out just where your strengths lie. Don't go solely on "I like horses" or "I don't like math" when you look at choosing careers. Sometimes you'll get into a career you thought you'd love and hate every second. Sometimes you'll get into something you thought you'd hate or feel ambivalent about, and you'll love it. I had just that experience- I went from massage therapy, to being a bank teller, to doing finance analysis for a big company, and now I work as a project manager/technical writer for a great company that I love. You never know where life will take you, career-wise, but it's wise to invest as much as possible into skills you can use elsewhere.
         

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